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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 20 May 1993) . . Page.. 1734 ..


MINISTER FOR URBAN SERVICES

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTION

QUESTION NO 719

Waste Disposal Charges

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services:

In relation to Tip Charges made pursuant to the Building Services Act 9924 and notified in ACT Gazette No. S71, 28 April 1993, and two Department of Urban Services pamphlets ACT Tip Charges and 20 Questions and Answers on ACT Tip Charges -

(1) Why do the pamphlets, intended for distribution among commercial and industrial users, make no mention of charges for chemical waste, radioactive waste and "other hazardous wastes" as listed in the gazettal notice.

(2) How much of each type of waste was disposed of at the ACTs tips in 1992.

(3) What are the regulations for safe disposal of each type of waste as listed above and the actual costs of performing disposal for each half tonne of such waste.

(4) Why is the cost of disposing of a cat almost the same as the cost of disposing of up to half a tonne of radioactive waste, and why does it cost the same to dispose of half a tonne of household waste as it does to dispose of half a tonne of radioactive, chemical or other hazardous waste.

(5) Will disposers of household rubbish be subsidising disposers of dangerous wastes.

Mr Connolly - the answers to the members questions are as follows:

(1) The pamphlets were prepared to answer the most commonly asked questions by commercial and industrial users. As most questions have focussed on building demolition waste, clean fill and general solid waste, the pamphlets were designed accordingly.

(2) In the absence of any system for monitoring the volumes/weights of waste . going to landfill disposal, disposal rates for commercial and industrial wastes are not available for 1992 or earlier. This information will be available as a combined total in the future due to the installation of weighbridges and supporting computing systems at both our landfills.

The disposal of chemical waste and associated waste (eg empty pesticide containers and broken laboratory glassware) is assessed, controlled and

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